Proper diagnosis is a foundation for an effective acne treatment plan in Orange County, CA

Dr. Arta Farshidi understands you may not be at your best when plagued by acne or the scars it has left behind. She and her team want to “discover your new skin, discover a new you” with a range of acne treatments that actually work versus the range of creams, ointments, and astringents that fail to live up to their mighty promises.

Getting to know you and your skin

Understand the treatment that worked for your friend or family member may not work for you. There isn’t any one magic acne treatment for all, no matter what the clever ads may say. The good news is a treatment exists for every person with acne.

You are already on the right track by visiting this website. Dr. Arta Farshidi is a board-certified dermatologist with the training and experience to suggest effective and safe acne treatments, which contribute to your overall customized plan.

The foundation of any good treatment starts with an assessment. The doctor will examine your skin to either confirm an acne diagnosis or make an accurate diagnosis of another skin condition. Many skin concerns can look and even feel like acne. These imposters include:

  • Rosacea
  • Pseudofolliculitis or razor rash
  • Folliculitis
  • Miliaria, better known as prickly heat

After acne is confirmed as the cause of your spots and inflammation, it will then be graded on a scale of 1 to 4, with 4 being the most severe type of acne.

Grade 1 mild or non-inflammatory acne is primarily limited to whiteheads and blackheads.

Grade 2 mild acne with inflamed papules and pustules is characterized by hard and rough papules, and fluid-filled, blister-like pustules.

Grade 3 moderate acne includes papules and pustules with a few nodules, which are firm and painful blocked pores.

Grade 4 severe acne includes very inflamed papules, pustules, and potentially nodules may be present.

Cysts are often mentioned alongside nodules, but they are softer and pus-filled. Serious acne can cause scars that can be treated by Dr. Farshidi and her team.

Determining the type of acne helps Arta Dermatology identify the best therapy for you. The doctor will discuss other medical conditions, existing medications, and personal information such as recent life changes that may affect your condition and the course of treatment.

Factors such as stress, lotions, and personal products of choice can cause acne to develop or worsen flare-ups. You should also discuss whether your family has a history of acne and your past experience with acne treatments and self-care.

Topical retinoids may be effective for mild cases of acne. Severe cases may require these types of products and other therapies. You should be relieved to know there are a whole host of treatment options available at Dr. Farshidi’s office, ranging from Intense Pulsed Light and laser therapies, to chemical peels, and systemic or oral prescription medications.

She can also recommend daily products and makeup that won’t clog your pores and irritate your skin. Since dermatologist-recommended acne treatment is so specific to each patient, it’s important to schedule an evaluation at the Orange County CA office. Call (949) 531-7111 for appointments.


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